Phyllis Theermann


11282005_50239_0.pngThe Town of Wellesley Department of Public Works Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) has an awareness and education campaign called Step Up! focused on increasing recycling in Wellesley. The goal of the program is to increase the residential recycling rate by one percentage point each year.
There are lots of tips here regarding world-class recycling here in Wellesley.

RDF- Recycling Made Easy in Wellesley

Phyllis Theermann

These look good, will save you money over the medium and long term, as well as reduce emissions significantly

According to the American Lighting Association, lighting accounts for about 15 percent of home electrical use. So changing to more energy efficient bulbs can result in big savings on your electricity bill.

Light bulb manufacturers are coming out with many new styles as incandescent bulbs are phased out in response to federal regulations requiring light bulbs to be more energy efficient.

Did you know?
If every household in the U.S.
switched 1 light bulb to a compact
fluorescent, the change would be
equivalent to removing 1 million
cars from the road.

New light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs have many advantages over thecompact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The LEDs turn on right away, can be used with a dimming switch, and do not contain mercury. Although they are more expensive, a typical LED light bulb will also last at least three times longer than a CFL, and at least 20 times longer than an incandescent bulb, which makes the LED ideal for a hard-to-reach location. Here are two LED bulbs we have tried and liked:

The Philips Ambient LED 12-Watt Light Bulbturns on right away, and can  be used with a dimming switch. The bulb emits a soft, warm light, equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but this LED bulb uses only 12 watts of energy and will last for 25,000 hours (according to the manufacturer). Available at Home Depot.



The Sylvania 40-Watt Equivalent Warm White LED Light Bulb can be used indoors or in an enclosed outdoor fixture. According to the manufacturer, it willl last 50,000 hours or 45.7 years at 3 hours a day, so you won’t have to worry about changing it for a long time to come. Available at Green’s Hardware.


For more information on choosing light bulbs, see

To understand a little more explore the following links :

EPA – Energy Star light bulbs

Home Depot – LEDs

Amazon light bulb guide

Phyllis Theermann

Consider a Few Easy Ways to “Green” the New Year!

1. Say good-bye to the second frig. Without the holiday guests around, do you really need that second refrigerator or freezer? According to the EPA, a refrigerator is likely to be the second largest consumer of electricity in your home. (The air conditioner is generally the top swallower of electricity.) If you must have a second refrigerator, make sure it is a recent model with an Energy Star rating. A 1986-era (18 c.f.) model uses 1400 kWh a year, whereas an Energy Star model uses only 350 kWh-a whopping 75 percent reduction in electricity use.

Try One Tip a Day and You Will be on Your Way to a More Sustainable 2012

2. Install a programmable thermostat. Next time you’re at the hardware store, pick up a programmable thermostat. Programming your thermostat makes it easy to keep the temperature low when you are asleep or away from home during the day. For every degree you lower the thermostat, your heating bill is likely to go down by 1-3 percent.

3. Turn off the video gaming system. Did your kids receive a new video game or video machine this year? As you can see from the chart below, a lot of electricity is wasted when the gaming system is left on after the players have finished the game. Post a reminder on the console that says “Turn Me Off!”

4. Recycle your old electronics. If you received a new electronic device for the holidays, it may be time to dispose of an older model. The Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility accepts all old electronics, including computers and cell phones. Some companies (such as or will give you cash for old gadgets. Or you can donate your device to someone who needs it through or Whatever you do, don’t throw your old electronics in the trash! Many devices contain mercury, lead, barium, chromium, and cadmium.

5. Cancel your catalogs. Your holiday shopping is done, so you may want to stem the tide of catalogs still coming to your mailbox. To stop unwanted mail, sign up for free at For a donation of $20, Catalog Choice can also help you remove your name from hard-to-find third party marketing lists (the lists that companies buy to find new customers). This service makes a great gift for an eco-minded friend. Give the gift of less in 2012!

The image left, photographic art of Chris Jordan, represents 9,960 mail order catalogs (equal to the average number of pieces of junk mail that are printed, shipped, delivered, and disposed of in the US every three seconds) in a way that might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone.  Click on the image to experience the image up close and learn more.